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2012 March 11
This floating ring is the size of a galaxy.
In fact, it is part of the photogenic
one of the largest galaxies in the nearby
Virgo Cluster of Galaxies.
The dark band of
dust that obscures the mid-section of the
Sombrero Galaxy in optical light actually
glows brightly in infrared light.
Authors & editors:
Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
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